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    I want to take my son out for Ptarmigan. I do not have access to any snow machines, but we both have snowshoes. I'm in the Palmer area and have no problem driving. I'm not asking for anyones secret spot, but some place we could go for a couple hours and get a bird or two.

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    Try up by hatcher pass, should be able to find some ptarmigan there, if not there eureka flats towards glennallen.

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    how old is your son? I ask because the snow is fairly deep and soft in the mountains around Palmer right now. best bet is to tromp around subalpine slopes terrain that seem promising, with the plan to look for birds and bird tracks, take some photos, etc. and hope the birds cooperate. areas off of archangel road used to be a sure bet, but I wouldn't recommend it as high odds with the increase in snowmachine activity up there. not that there aren't birds, but they don't hang around down near the road like they used to.

    I'm at a loss for high-odds ptarm. terrain to access reasonably quickly on foot with a young kid near Palmer. The places I consider high-odds generally are a bit hard to get to on foot. Going up off the denali highway is ideal, except that it's too far away. If he is, say a teenager and you want to break trail for an hour or so to get there, that would open up some local options. just no telling if you will find two birds, two dozen, or two spots with tracks. you will want snowshoes with good powder tails on them and some hiking poles.

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    Here's another trick: Use a binocular to locate ptarmigan, or their tracks. It will save you some walking in tough conditions. Good luck!

    Jim

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    Thanks fellas, My son is 10 years old, and doesn't mind being outdoors and hiking. The cold is what will get him. However, I can prepare for that.

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